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Grid operating reforms, not energy storage, are most helpful for integrating more renewable energy

Grid operating reforms, not energy storage, are most helpful for integrating more renewable energy

Earlier today, the California grid operator released a study that found consumers in the Western U.S. have saved more than $11 million over the last six months thanks to grid operating reforms that are also greatly helping to integrate more renewable energy. Today’s study focuses on the Energy Imbalance Market, or EIM, between the California […]

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North Carolina is in danger of going backwards on renewable energy

Late Wednesday night, the North Carolina House of Representatives amended House Bill 760 to weaken renewable energy requirements in North Carolina.The amendment freezes the renewable energy portfolio standard in 2015 which will make it almost impossible for utility-scale renewable projects to be built in North Carolina. This puts the development of wind projects in North […]

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Storage not needed to accommodate higher levels of wind energy

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides. Large amounts of wind energy are already being reliably […]

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Newspapers call for pro-wind power policies across the U.S.

In response to news from the American Wind Energy Association that the wind industry rebounded in 2014, adding nearly 23,000 jobs, several newspapers in states that are reaping the benefits of this homegrown energy source called for pro-wind policies. In Texas, both the Austin-American Statesman and The Dallas Morning News editorialized against proposed state legislation […]

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Wind Energy’s Role

Wind energy plays a critical role in reducing carbon emissions while minimizing land use. Wind turbines provide high-density energy production, as typically only 1 to 2 percent of the land within a wind plant is occupied by turbines, roads and electrical substations. The rest can be used for its original purposes; for example, farmers and […]

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Senator Amy Klobuchar visits Minnesota wind farm, calls for multi-year PTC extension

On the foggy afternoon of Wednesday April 8, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) visited EDF Renewable Energy’s Fenton wind project in southwest Minnesota to learn more about the technology that powers 770,000 homes in her state. As reported by the Worthington Daily Globe, Senator Klobuchar called for a multi-year extension of the federal production tax credit […]

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DOE Quadrennial Energy Review highlights benefits of transmission, grid operating reforms

Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which correctly notes that there is a critical need for more high-capacity bulk electricity transmission regardless of which energy future the U.S. pursues. The report also notes how grid operating reforms enable the U.S. to more efficiently use the existing grid, saving consumers […]

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Newsweek Cloaks Koch-Funded Professor’s Dirty Energy Agenda

Newsweek missed by a mile when it promised to provide readers with “full disclosure” concerning the author of a deeply flawed opinion piece it published attacking wind energy. Newsweek stated that the April 11 column’s primary author, Randy Simmons, is a “professor of political economy at Utah State University” and added: “Full disclosure: Randy Simmons receives funding from the U.S. Department of […]

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